The Minnesota Landscape in October

October 28, 2011

The area around Minneapolis-St. Paul from the airplane window -- flat!

Every time I return to Minnesota in the nation’s heartland, I am struck anew by its beauty.  The long flat vistas, the rolling plains, farms and fields are so different from the mountainous Pacific Northwest where I live.

The rural landscape in Minnesota is dotted with these iconic structures:  old barns and silos, small town water towers, and large grain storage elevators.  Here are some photos from my road trips to Alexandria in northern Minnesota and Rochester in southern Minnesota:

Foggy country road along my sister's farm near Alexandria, MN

Foggy morning near I-94 "up north"

Grain storage elevators

I saw more of these elevators than ever before on this trip to Minnesota.

Water tower on the horizon beyond the fields

Old silos -- most are unused because few farmers still raise livestock

Lovely old barn and silos near Belle Plaine, MN

Interesting patchwork colors on this barn and house

More and more old barns, disused, are falling into ruin.

Barn and silo along Hwy 52

Watch out for tractors on the roads! The large, new machinery overlaps several lanes of highway.

6 Responses to “The Minnesota Landscape in October”

  1. Gretchen Says:

    Rosemary, can you please email me at I lost your email and want to send you a pic. Thanks! 🙂

  2. I am loving all of your recent posts. They have so much feeling and soul and life to them. Wonderful place to call home!

  3. Heidi Says:

    Love the photos. There’s nothing prettier than the minnesota landscape!

  4. nice photos – reminded me the song “country roads take me home” =)

  5. sartenada Says:

    Great set of photos. I love all of them. As a photo, I love most the second one from the top. It is very artistic photo.

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